Before my parents began the long drive from Massachusetts to North Carolina, they dropped me at the Boston airport so that I could fly to Michigan to visit my grandparents. I only spent about 2 days with my grandparents, but we had a great time and made some memories. Besides visiting my happy place (Windmill Island), we also stopped by one of my mom’s favorite locations, Big Red.
I know that I already posted photos of Andover, but we did not limit our Andover explorations to the downtown area. Later in the week, we trekked to Holt Hill where the colonists watched the British burn Boston. On a clear day, you can still catch a glimpse of Boston from this high point.
After reading several stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne for grad school, I became intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials. In the 1690s, a group of mischevious girls accused innocent citizens of witchcraft, and the town killed the supposed witches for their sins. On our historic trip through Massachusetts, my family explored Salem, the town famous for these colonial witch trials and the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous books.
The day after our jaunt through Boston, Dad and I drove to Concord to visit the former homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Old Manse) and Louisa May Alcott (The Orchard House). To our surprise, Old Manse was only yards away from the site of an early Revolutionary War battle.
After a series of unexpected events, my family decided to visit Massachusetts for Christmas. Although Brother and I visited all the New England states in 2017, our quick tour of Boston did not scratch the surface of what Massachusetts has to offer. My family quickly planned more “touristy” day-trips than we could fit into a week, and we started our explorations in Boston.